Before you fill up on french fries and fried dough this weekend at the Bellefonte Arts and Crafts Fair, take the time to get some exercise in during the annual Herbie’s Home “Town Loop.”
Celebrating its ninth year, the 4-mile run/walk and 10-mile run is sponsored by the Jeremy Herbstritt Foundation. Herbstritt, a Bellefonte Area High School graduate and Penn State alumwas killed in the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech.
“Despite Jeremy’s foundation just becoming official in 2014, since August 2007 we have been helping to put on multiple events in the Bellefonte and State College communities in honor of Jeremy,” the foundation’s website said.
The loop begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in conjunction with the Arts and Crafts Fair, the website said, starting at the intersection of High and Spring streets and traveling the perimeter of Bellefonte — a route that Herbstritt and his siblings would often run together.
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Registration for the race begins at 7 a.m. in Talleyrand Park, the website said, with a fee of $25 for the 4-mile run/walk and $35 for the 10-mile run. Awards will be given afterward to the top runners in seven different categories.
Additional information and online registration can be found at thejeremyherbstrittfoundation.com. Funds raised will be used to help build a community track in Bellefonte.
Faith Church to bless students with supplies
In its eighth year now, the congregation of Faith Church is seeking to extend a helping hand to the students of the community with its annual Blessing of the Backpacks.
“We're helping kids get ready for school by giving them school supplies, free haircuts and health screenings,” church spokesman Charlie Gudeman said.
Backpacks will be distributed during a free community picnic, Gudeman said, which begins 4 p.m. Sunday at the church. As an additional blessing, the congregation will be handing out socks and underwear to the students.
“The first 400 students will receive free school supplies and a drawstring backpack,” he said. “Join us for a free picnic, bounce house, games, plus an opportunity to talk with community organizations.”